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Published on Feb 18, 2011
As if the event needed an extra edge after the thrills of four years earlier, a new class, the Whitbread 60, was introduced, sounding the death knell for the maxis in future races.
The new boat was conceived to keep down costs. They were less expensive to build, maintain and campaign than the maxis. They were also light, strong, agile and fast so professional yachtsmen, like AC lengend Dennis Conner, were clamouring to get on the track.
In the maxi corner were another set of heavyweights including Grant Dalton, preparing for his fourth lap and chasing his second win.
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